Placement Testing | Troy University

Placement Testing

Testing and Assessment Lab


TROY Online Students:

This lab does not test those students who are taking courses online through TROY Online. All TROY Online students should contact the TROY Online office to set up the date, time, and location that placement exams can be completed. To reach the TROY Online office, please contact Arminda Mckee at 334-808-6447 or

Hours of Operation


Location: 135B Eldridge Hall In The Center For Student Success

The testing lab is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
ACCUPLACER placement exams are given daily, starting at 8:00 a.m.

The Testing and Assessment Center (TAC), located in the Center for Student Success, is responsible for providing students with a testing environment where tests can be administered accurately and securely. Students may report to the TAC to take their ACCUPLACER Placement Test and other assessments geared around first-year students. These computerized tests are for students to identify the appropriate starting level for English and Math courses. After a student completes the ACCUPLACER test, he/she will be provided a score report with his/her appropriate course requirement listed. To access study materials visit

General assessment is done on a walk-in basis; therefore, during normal office hours, students may come to have placement test done at their leisure. A photo or valid student ID is required.

NOTE: Students will need to know their TROY Student ID number when coming to take exams. This can be found on student's schedule accessed through Trojan Web Express or on their Trojan ID card.

What is the purpose of placement exams?


This assessment allows you and your advisor to work together to help you be successful. ACCUPLACER scores indicate academic areas where you are strong, as well as academic areas where you are not as strong. You do not PASS or FAIL the ACCUPLACER test; it only determines your current skill level in the area(s) tested so that you can be placed appropriately. You will receive your ACCUPLACER test results immediately and your score report will include placement messages informing you what courses you should take and how to register.

Who is eligible to take the placement exam?


Effective January 2017 all new and incoming students will be automatically placed in Math and English courses based on their ACT/SAT sub scores. (please see the chart below) Students eligible to take the English placement exam are those with an ACT English score of 18-19/ SAT EBRW 480-500. Students eligible to take the Math placement exam are those with an ACT Math score of 20-22/ SAT Math 490-540. *Students with an ACT Math score of 23-24 seeking advanced placement into Calculus 1 (MTH 1125) are eligible to take the exam.

Course To Take
ACT ENG at or BELOW 15
SAT EBRW at or below 420
ENG 0096
(Fund of Gram)
ACT ENG 16-19
SAT EBRW 430-500
ENG 1100
(Prep ENG)
ACT ENG 20-29
SAT EBRW 510-710
ENG 1101
(Comp I)
ACT ENG 30-34 
SAT EBRW 720-740 OR 
AP Score of 3
ENG 1102 
(Comp II) 
*(ENG 1101 Credit Received)
ACT ENG 35-36 
SAT EBRW 750-800
Literature Course
*(ENG 1101 AND 1102 Credit Received)
ACT ENG 18-19 SAT EBRW 480-500


Course To Take
ACT MTH at or BELOW 17
SAT MATH at or below 440
MTH 1100
(Fund of Algebra)
ACT MTH 18-22
SAT MATH 450-540
MTH 1105
(Intermediate Alg)
ACT MTH 23-24
SAT MTH 550-580
MTH 1110 or 1112
(Finite or Pre-Cal)
ACT MTH 25 or higher
SAT MATH 590 or higher
MTH 1125
(Cal 1)
ACT MTH 20-22 SAT MTH 490-540


When do I take the placement exam?


Placement testing for future students who will begin in the Fall semester is done during IMPACT (new student orientation) or last chance orientation. For students that will begin during the Spring or Summer semesters placement testing is done at new student orientation day, this date is set by the Admissions Office.

How are placement scores used?


ACCUPLACER is not used like a traditional test. There is generally no "passing score." Rather, ACCUPLACER scores indicate areas in which you are strong and areas in which you may need help. Thus, ACCUPLACER can identify problems in major subject areas before they disrupt your educational progress, giving you the opportunity to prepare more effectively for needed courses. You and your advisor can use scores from ACCUPLACER tests to prepare a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant, and meaningful for you.

*When considering placement into math and English courses, an advisor should discuss the student’s background, including high school courses completed (number of years, levels, grades, how long ago) and student’s comfort level before making final recommendations.